My Top Ten Movie Endings

Needless to say… SPOILER WARNING! I’ll first give just the list and then I’ll explain the reasons why I chose them further down the page so that you don’t have to read further if there’s an ending you don’t want ruined. This was very hard to narrow down so I’ve had to put in far too many honorable mentions. I’m sure I’ve missed some great ones that I’ll kick myself for forgetting! As always, this list reflects my personal favorites – I know there are BETTER endings than some of these. But these are the ones I love. πŸ™‚

In order starting with the best:

1. Cinema Paradiso

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2. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

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3. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

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4. The Breakfast Club

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5. The Prestige

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6. Harold & Maude

7. Stand By Me

8. The Princess Bride

9. Mask

10. Toy Story 3

Why I chose them:

1. Cinema Paradiso

Oh my god… How did I not see that ending coming?! Best movie ending EVER and THE must-see film for all film lovers.

2. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

I love this movie from start to finish. I adore Jack Nicholson. How can you not love that awesome escape and that awesomely cool & creepy soundtrack music? Why don’t they make movies like this anymore?

3. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Hey – it’s Star Wars. What Star Wars fan doesn’t get warm fuzzies at the end of this one, especially as the music comes in? (I have a real thing for movie music – It’s VERY important to get the music right in a film and it’s especially great when the song or music in a final scene is perfect.)

4. The Breakfast Club

Perfect example of perfect final song! Probably wouldn’t be in my list without Simple Minds. Yes… I’m SO 80s. πŸ˜‰ Don’t care. I feel all happy & warm inside when the song comes on & Judd Nelson sticks his soooo not teenaged fist in the air.

5. The Prestige

“Wait. What? Oh man – now I have to THINK.” I’ve left Inception off my list on purpose because I get annoyed at people liking it more than The Prestige. πŸ˜‰ The Prestige is so much better!

6. Harold & Maude

Again – perfect final song! “If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out” makes me so freaking happy! I do like a bit of Cat Stevens! I’m so uncool.

7. Stand By Me

“He was stabbed in the throat. He died almost instantly.” *Tears!* Writer reflects. Writer turns off monitor (did he save that?!). He walks off to perfect final (title!) song. There I go with the music again…

8. The Princess Bride

Two great endings. The ending to the story in the story and the ending to the movie. And both are perfect. As is the whole movie. As you wish. πŸ™‚

9. Mask

I’ve always loved this movie – I just really bought into both Eric Stoltz & Cher in their roles. I lose it every time she puts those damn map pins back in! And I love his poem, which ends the movie:

“These things are good: ice cream and cake, a ride on a Harley, seeing monkeys in the trees, the rain on my tongue, and the sun shining on my face.

These things are a drag: dust in my hair, holes in my shoes, no money in my pocket, and the sun shining on my face.”

And then Bob Seger’s Roll Me Away starts! Perfect for the final scene, although not a favorite artist of mine. But I do like this song thanks to the movie.

10. Toy Story 3

Don’t think I need to go into much detail. I’m such a huge fan of Pixar. Who didn’t feel tearful as Andy drove away, leaving his toys on Bonnie’s porch? *sigh*

Honorable Mentions (MASSIVE SPOILERS):

– The Lives Of Others (don’t be scared of subtitles. watch this!)

– The Secret In Their Eyes (wow – THAT is passion)

– It’s A Wonderful Life (duh)

– Planet Of The Apes (original) (it’s Earth, silly!)

– Thelma & Louise (watch where you’re going! crazy female drivers.)

– Pan’s Labyrinth (“He won’t even know your name.” F**k YEAH!)

– Heat (perfect Moby song!!!)

– Blade Runner (Director’s Cut. I think. Oh I hate alternate endings! I mean the unicorn ending. I think. Nevermind! There’s like 20 versions!)

– To Die For (Yes! Bitch on ice AND Donovan’s Season Of The Witch is another perfect final song!)

– Freaks (WTF? Is she a chicken?!)

– Saw (Duh. But the rest in the series ruined the first one for me.)

– Rosemary’s Baby (I love demonic children)

– The Thing (brrr)

– Heathers (Winona is cool with that cigarette.)

– Sixteen Candles (JAKE RYAN.)

– Pump Up The Volume (f**k you, evil adult authority figures!)

– The Terminator (wait… he came here to save my son and now he’s my son’s father? Who cares – he was hot.)

– Back To The Future (where we’re going, we don’t need roads!)

– ET (duh)

– Seven (duh)

– The Usual Suspects (big duh)

And a few more:

– Fight Club & Teen Wolf (for the penises, of course! Watch on slow speed. Trust me, they’re there. And… The Pixies, Where Is My Mind! Awesome end song!)

– City Of Angels (well, you f**ked up there, didn’t you Nic?! Lol!)

– The beginning of Memento (Ha! Yeah. I’m trying to be clever.)

And finally…

– Society (because… What the F**K?!)

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**Edited to add two more – The Secret In Their Eyes (above) and City Lights:

I’ve just watched Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. Wow. That ending is now in my top ten (but not sure which one to take out). Lovely ending. πŸ™‚

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17 thoughts on “My Top Ten Movie Endings

    • The ending to Seven is definitely a classic. I’ve often thought that various movies could be improved by sticking Gwyneth’s head in a box at the end of them. πŸ˜‰ I almost left out Seven and The Usual Suspects just because they’re SO well known as having great endings. But then the hubby yelled at me for leaving them out! It’s why The Sixth Sense isn’t on here.

  1. Great call with ‘Stand By Me’…oddly enough I thought the same thing about whether or not he saved his work. Maybe that was the point?

    Also, completely agree with ‘Toy Story 3.’ Everyone in the cinema was crying and, although I was too, I was secretly thinking: ‘Damn! Andy got hot.’

  2. How about The Brother’s Bloom? I know that’s an ending I won’t ever forget!

    The Usual Suspects – BIG BIG DUH. Should’ve scored more than just an honorable mention.. definitely not the last of them!

    And The Princess Bride is definitely one of my all time favorites.. Cary Elwes & Robin Wright .. perfection, on screen & off. πŸ™‚

    • Hmm. Never even heard of The Brother’s Bloom – had to look that up!

      I almost left The Usual Suspects out, mainly to see if anyone noticed. πŸ˜‰ The ending is just so well known now! Same as The Crying Game, I suppose.

  3. Only Person I’ve met that liked THE PRESTIGE better than INCEPTION! I thought it was amazing and a perfect example of a true book-to-film adaptation. (I read the book immediately after seeing the movie.)

    Awesome list!!

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ I keep saying I really need to read the book. I will someday! Inception IS good but overrated by movie fans. Inception “tries too hard” I think. The Prestige is more subtle and more brilliant.

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